Beware of Fraudulent Activity Targeting Pet Care Professionals

Likely since the first days of the Internet, there have been people using it for fraudulent activity at the expense of others. Unfortunately, it seems that there may be someone that is targeting dog walkers, dog walking services, pet sitters, and other pet care companies, and I want to make you aware of the situation.

On April 29, 2011, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) sent its members a fraud notice, letting them know there’s someone who may be trying to get them to respond to an email inquiry about pet sitting. In addition, on the forum of, someone posted an alleged fraudulent email that has been sent. also received a similar email on its test page, and it’s likely that dog walking services and dog walkers who have listings on also received a similar inquiry. I sent a newsletter to advertisers, letting them know about the potential for fraud, and I hope you take every precaution when responding to any inquiry – whether on this site or others.

Please remember that anyone can send an email to you from the listing page, and does not review or verify any messages. Never send anyone any money, and always do your own due diligence before visiting a potential client for you own safety.

Sadly, there will always be people trying to scam others, and we all need to by hyper-aware of this.